Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]

My Armor: The Sex Talk

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[display_podcast]This week, we take a look at recent poll regarding the frequency of how many American women are living with their significant others before marriage. According to the study, nearly half of American women between the ages of 15-44 experienced their first experience union, or living with their loved one, was via co-habitation, not marriage.Now, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as “living together” before marriage is becoming more and more commonplace. And it makes sens … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 39: Dr. Phil Better – Pet Names

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[display_podcast]“Celebrity Psychologist Dr. Phil Better” offers his suggestions regarding how to add a romantic spark to your relationship.Firstly, give your beloved a pet name.  No, not Fido or Spot – not an actual name for your pet.  Nor should you use the run-of-the-mill “Honey” or “Sweetie”.  Instead choose one that is unique to your relationship.Use descriptive terms.  For instance, if she is the sensitive type who cries at hallmark commercials, capitalize on that endearing char … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 25: The Gift of Sex

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[display_podcast]Sex is a “hot” topic, but among some couples, it’s a subject they evade.  The way we view sex can determine whether we are fulfilled in it or avoiding it.  If we were injured in this area as a child, it may be more difficult to enjoy a healthy relationship as an adult.  Allowing pornography into the mix can also hinder an intimate relationship with our partner.  Also, do we feel loved and appreciated by our spouse most of the time or so we feel noticed just when they want som … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 23: The Love/Respect Cycle

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[display_podcast]On a scale of 1-10, with one being low and ten high, how would you rate your relationship with your spouse?  Is it what you imagined when you married?  Aside from the normal ups and downs, would you say you have a great relationship, average or it’s just not what you had hoped for?  If it’s not what you want right now, that can change.  You may be caught in the love, respect cycle.  Let me start with a story.Susie and Warren were at it again.  This time the blow up happen … [Read more...]


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